Gossamer Thread & Sugar Blue Burlesque present “Curious Cabaret” at Stars Showbar, Great Yarmouth, 31 May 2014
An away day at the coast for the latest Curious Cabaret in a grand old cinema building in Great Yarmouth, recently opened as Stars Showbar.
Compere for the evening was the outstanding Reuben Kaye who was in terrific form, and performances by Daisy and Alex of Gossamer Thread (both together in Carny & the Tramp, and in solo acts), Alex mind-reading and Daisy with aerial hoops, together swallowing razor blades and walking on broken glass. The line up was completed by A’dora Derriere, Sapphire Demure, and stage kitten Scarlet.
When the lights were lowered to give a backlit effect during an umbrella routine by A’dora Derriere the stage was used to its best effect and it was visually stunning.
As always with Curious Cabaret we laughed, we were in awe, and all through were entertained. Some of the funniest moments were when Reuben invited three lads on stage to eat a banana, but we won’t get onto that …
A night of circus, burlesque & sideshow.
Gossamer Thread’s Vaudeville Co. have joined forces with internationally renowned Sugar Blue Burlesque to bring you a night of spectacular entertainment at a newly renovated music hall in Great Yarmouth!
Hosted by the magnificent Reuben Kaye and featuring the talents of Australian burlesque sensation A’dora Derriere, circus showgirl Daisy Black, Vaudevillian showman Alex the Mind Reader and sizzling showgirl Sapphire Demure.
Dress to impress for a night of true variety entertainment beside the seaside!
The building itself which houses Stars Showbar is undeniably beautiful and majestic with a large balcony and seating area upstairs with half a dozen boxes. The staff are really friendly and pleasant too, but the downstairs area could certainly be made more classy by losing the iBoxer machine (whatever that is) and the liberally posted ads for Jagerbombs – for an event like this at least. Ideally the dancefloor could be levelled in some way as it still has the cinema seating gradient but that may not be a possibility. There are too many handrails, especially around the stage, which are rather obtrusive. This sloping dancefloor surrounded by handrails gives the impression of being on a ship. The back of stage curtain should also be much higher so that we can all focus on the acts performing on the stage without visual distraction. The music coming through the pa before the performance seemed to be suffering from some kind of interference which was edging towards white noise, and curiously and unsettlingly nobody other than myself seemed to be noticing. Thankfully the stage performances were unafflicted in this way. None of this is intended as a criticism at all however, the venue only opened the previous night and the evening was great fun. A gorgeous old building with plenty of space, good views, a very long bar and friendly staff.
It was all about the performances though, and Reuben really is a fantastic entertainer, quick-witted, dry, risque, and not afraid to pluck people from the audience onto the stage (or to confiscate ringing phones) He had the place in peals of laughter. The burlesque girls were sensational, Scarlet kept the stage in order, and Daisy and Alex were as brilliant as they always are. Daisy doing an amazing hoop routine set to the swing classic “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Great entertainment.
Gossamer Thread’s next show will be back in the more familiar surroundings of Norwich Arts Centre on 18 July.
Many thanks to Alex and Daisy from Gossamer Thread
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2014